|This Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC from ASUS has
definitely been able to convince us. First of
all the cooler is really good and able to keep the card cool and noiseless
being in idle or under heavy 3D load. Furthermore we like its design. Second it's the
highest clocked HD 7790 among many others. Although you get a very good
cooler and high factory overclocking, it is not overpriced, ASUS sells it
only 10 Euro more than the cheapest HD 7790 around. Last but not least with AMD's Never Settle Reloaded
you get BioShock Infinite for free with the purchase of this card.
Enough for the bright side, because yes this card isn't perfect, we have seen one "major" downside. Usually as a customer when I see a DirectCU 2 series card I expect two things: a DirectCU 2 cooler and a kickass uber custom PCB design with a beefed up power stage. Here it's just not the case because ASUS chose to keep the reference PCB instead.
- Noiseless in both 2D & 3D
- Bioshock Infinite FREE
- Factory Overclocking
|- Reference PCB - no MOSFET heatsink|
|Thanks to the factory overclocking, the DirectCU II
OC is about 4.5 % faster on average in games than the same card with reference clocks.
You won't be able to play games with highest graphics settings with this card mostly due to the 1'024 MB of memory but the card is powerful enough to play even recent, demanding games at 1680 x 1050 with high settings and 2xMSAA smoothly.
The power consumption in idle is the same as the reference card from AMD (in this case it comes from Club3D). Our entire setup was drawing no more than 52 Watts.
Under load we measured 112 Watts, 9 Watts higher than the reference clocked card.
In the end the DirectCU II OC still benefits of one of the best Performance/Watt ratios and a good Performance/Price ratio.
- Power Consumption in idle
- Power Consumption under load
|We for sure do recommend this card, it's not overpriced and it features an excellent cooler and a factory overclocking on both memory and GPU that squeeze performance up by 4.5 %.||- Mid-Range Gaming|
|We gave the Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC from ASUS the almost perfect award of 4.5 out of 5 stars.|
|Page 1 - Introduction||Page 13 - DIRT Showdown|
|Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications||Page 14 - Far Cry 3|
|Page 3 - Preview||Page 15 - Max Payne 3|
|Page 4 - Test Setup||Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs|
|Page 5 - 3DMark 11||Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike||Page 18 - The Witcher 2|
|Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0||Page 19 - Power Consumption|
|Page 8 - BattleField 3||Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level|
|Page 9 - Borderlands 2||Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3|
|Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite||Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt|
|Page 11 - Crysis 3||Page 23 - Conclusion|
|Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2|